Minor League Report. Torres returns.

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The major leaguers made one move yesterday, DFA’ing Pete Kozma when Didi Gregorius came back. You wonder if another may be made soon.

Greg Bird is down to .109. He is 6 for 55. It’s amazing that the Yanks are 14-7 despite him (and also despite Gardner under .200 with zero RBI). But you have to wonder how long the rope is before the Yanks will be forced to send him down to straighten himself out.

Meanwhile, Ji-Man Choi, a 1B and lefty hitter just like Bird, is hitting .360 at SWB after two hits and an RBI in SWB’s (11-9) 6-3 win last night. I hope Bird heats up soon, but if he continues like this, you wonder if a flip-flop could be forthcoming.

Choi does have MLB experience, 54 games with the Angels last year, .170-5-12. He is only 25 himself, 26 in a few weeks. While not a “savior,” he may be able to do better than Bird is doing right now (until Bird gets straightened out) and be in a platoon with Carter.

But Bird got to take flight soon (sorry, had to throw that in there).

3B Ruben Tejada had a 2-run HR and is at .383. DH Dustin Fowler 2 for 2, triple, RBI. RF Rob Refsnyder and SS Cito Culver each had 2 hits.

Camarena (W, 2-0, 1.46) 6 IP, 3 R, 2 earned, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Gallegos (H, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.60
Frieri (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86

AA: Gleyber Torres returned from the DL and DH’d. He was 0 for 3 with a walk and is off to a slow start at .220. Trenton (12-8) lost 4-2. 1B Mike Ford 3 of Trenton’s 6 hits.

German (L, 0-3, 2.95) 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Cortes 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 W, 1 K. 1.46
Graham 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Hissong 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.00

High A: Tampa scored in the seventh, eighth and ninth to walk-off with a 3-2 win.

LF Tito Polo 3 hits.

Swanson 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.00. Gave up 1 HR
Pena 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.24
Schwaab (w 2-0, 1.13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Low A:  Charleston (12-11) won 3-1. 3 hits for CF Blake Rutherford. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, and 2 hits & an RBI for RBI for SS Oswaldo Cabrera.

Diehl (w, 3-0, 2.33) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Sosebee (H, 1) 3 IP, 0 r, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K. 4.70
Gomez (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.70

Former MLB player Luis Olmo died at age 97. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers 1943-1945, 1949-1950 and for the Boston Braves in 1951. Mostly a backup OF who also played 2B and 3B, Olmo did play regularly when the majors were depleted during the war years of 1944 and 1945, doing well in those years.
1944: .258-9-85, 10 SB, OPS+ 84
1945: .313-10-115, 15 SB, led NL with 13 triples, OPS+ 127 and 17th in MVP voting.

He went 3 for 11 with a HR and 2 RBI in the 1949 WS against the Yankees.

In 462 MLB games, he hit .281. His 162 g. average was .281-10-95, OPS+ 102.

Game 21. UNBELIEVABLE COMEBACK! Down 9-1 after 5 1/2, Yanks win 14-11 in 10!

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In going 12-3 after a 1-4 start (entering tonight, 13-7) the Yanks have had great pitching.

They didn’t have that tonight and found themselves down 9-1 after 5 1/2 innings.

Then the bats woke up. In a 14-11 slugfest, the Yanks rallied from that eight-run deficit to win 14-11 in 10 innings. What a huge win.

With the win, the Yanks tie the Orioles at the top of the AL East with a 14-7 record.

CC Sabathia was off his game tonight. He gave up a 2-run double to Manny Machado in the third and a two-run HR to Wellington Castillo in the fourth to put the Yanks in a 4-0 hole.

In the fifth, Machado hit a monster shot over the restaurant in CF. 470 feet. 5-0 Orioles. You wanted to write this one off.

In the bottom of the fifth, Judge turned jury and executioner (to borrow a phrase from one on my best friends) to make it 5-1. HR #8. He wasn’t finished.

But in the sixth, CC was done, Bryan Mitchell came in and he had his first bad outing of the year. Mitchell gave up a grand slam to Trumbo. 9-1 Orioles.

But the Yanks got a little back. Didi Gregorius, in his first game this season, got an RBI groundout (he doubled in his first AB of the year). Judge hit his 2nd HR of the game, a 2-run shot (9), to cut it to 9-4.

Baltimore got two in the top of the seventh. 11-4. Now, you figured, the Yanks were surely done.

Nope. In the bottom of the inning, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a grand slam. HR #3 of the season was #100 of his career and his first grand slam. 11-8.

To the ninth. Britton, the Orioles’ great closer, is on the DL, and it cost them. Headley walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth and Holliday singled him to third. An RBI groundout by Ellsbury made it 11-9.

Castro then tied the game with a HR (5). Extra innings.

In the bottom of the 10th, both Hicks and Higashioka walked. After Headley struck out, Holliday homered  (3) to win the game 14-11.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. ERA jumps from 2.70 to 4.34.
Mitchell 2/3 IP 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up the grand slam. His ERA jumps to 4.82. Rough night for CC and Mitchell.
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.57. Unsung hero. Kept us in it.
Clippard 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 h, 0 W, 0 K. 2.08
Chapman (w, 1-0, 1.08) 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 w, 2 K.

Unbelievable comeback.

Unbelievable that after 21 games, Gardner is under .200, has no RBI and still the Yanks are 14-7. You wonder when Ellsbury stops hitting cleanup and replaces Gardy in the leadoff spot.

Unbelievable that the Yanks are 14-7 with Greg Bird hitting .109.

Holliday 3 hits, scored 3, drove in 3. His “coming out” party as a Yankee, you could say.

Ellsbury only had 1 hit, but drove in 5 runs. Of course, that one hit was a grand slam.

Judge 2 HR. 3 RBI. A beast.

Didi 2 hits in his first game back.

Castro 3 hits, the big game-tying HR, and he is at .361.

Wow.

 

 

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (10-9) won 10-5. 3B Cito Culver 3 hits, double, 2 HR, 4 RBI. RF Dustin Fowler solo HR. Tyler Wade SS, and DH Mark Payton 2 hits each.

Rough night for Chad Green, though.

Green 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 2 W, 4 K. 3.74.
Mantiply (w, 1-1, 0.84) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.69
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 7.36

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa (8-13) lost 3-2. 2B Kyle Holder 3 H, rbi. He needed that. He’s still at just .132. Jorge Mateo 12th SB, but hitting just .238.

Clarkin (L, 2-2, 2.25) 7 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Brewer 2 Ip, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00

Low A: Charleston (11-11) lost 2-1 in 13 innings.

Keller 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 8 K. 3.18
Espinal 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 9 K. 0.00
Mahoney (L, 0-1, 0.79) 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 w, 2 k

Game 20. Sweep at Fenway. Tanaka shuts out Boston, 3-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka pitched a CG, 3-hit shutout in besting Boston and Chris Sale (a Yankee killer) 3-0 on Thursday night.

With the win, the Yanks go to 13-7 after sweeping the two games at Fenway. Another game was rained out and rescheduled.

The Yanks get Didi Gregorius back tomorrow. How about a hand for Ronald Torreyes, who hit .308-1-13 in Didi’s absence? He had two hits tonight. The only bone I can pick with Torreyes is no walks. But what a great job he did. Pete Kozma will most be likely be let go for Didi’s return.

Same for Austin Romine, who has filled in admirably in Sanchez’ absence.

Sanchez starts rehab w/SWB on Tuesday.

The Yanks got a run in the fourth when Hicks (2 hits) singled, went to second on a groundout, third on a PB and scored on a SF by Holliday.

And so it stayed until the ninth. Great pitching duel.

In the ninth, Hicks singled, went to second on a single by Headley and scored on a single by Holliday (2 RBI tonight). Both runners moved up on the throw. Castro singled in a run to make it 3-0.

Hicks 2 hits, scored 2 runs, doing great after he was so disappointing last year. 2 hits, 2 RBI for Holliday.

2 hits, RBI for Castro. 2 hits for Torreyes.

Tanaka (w, 3-1, 4.20) 9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 3 K.

Now, as for that ERA. Take away that opening day disaster, when he lost and gave up 7 runs in 2 2/3 IP, since then he is 3-0, 2.30.

So taking away that first game, he has been the Tanaka we expected and need.

 

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (9-9) won 4-1. Mark Payton with a PH 2-run double. 3B Ruben Tejada 2 hits, RBI. He has been red hot.

Luis Cessa 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 9 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.54
Webb (w, 2-0, 8.22) 1/3 IP, 0R, 0H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Gallegos (H,2) 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H 0 w 1 K. 4.50
Frieri (S, 3) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

AA: Trenton (12-7) swept a DH.

Reg. Sched. Game: Won 3-0. CF Rashad Crawford 2 H, HR, 3 RBI. RF Devyn Bolasky 2 hits.

Ramirez (w, 3-0, 3.27) 6 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 W, 2 K.
Wotherspoon (S, 1) 1/3 IP 0R, 0H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.35

Makeup of 4/25 rainout: Won 4-3. 2B Billy Fleming double, solo HR.

Haynes 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. 0.00
Marsh 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.40
Frare 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.61
Hissong (w, 1-1, 7.88) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Coshow (S, 6) 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.32

High A: Tampa (8-12) lost 7-5. Didi Gregorius on rehab, 2 for 4, RBI.

CF Jorge Mateo 3 hits. LF Tito Polo 2 hits. RF Austin Aune 2-run HR.

Acevedo (L, 0-3, 5.48) 5 IP, 3 R, 10 H, 0 W, 6 K.
Littell 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0W, 2 K. 2.00
Carroll 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.40
McNamara 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 2 K. 0.90

Low A:  Charleston (11-10) lost 3-2.  2B Hoy Jun Park (.379) 3 of their 5 hits.

Orozco 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 earned, 5 H, 4 W, 7 K. 4.66
Morris (L, 0-1, 3.86) 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.

Game 19. Youth is served. Judge & Severino lead Yanks to 3-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino pitched seven shutout innings, and Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR (7) to lead the Yanks to a 3-1 win over Boston up in Fenway tonight. The win improves the Yanks’ record to 12-7.

Judge’s 2-run HR came in the second inning, after Castro reached on an error, and later in the game he made a nice play going into the stands to catch a foul ball.

Meanwhile, Severino is pitching like we thought he would last year after going 5-3, 2.89 in 11 starts at the end of 2015. Instead, he had the dreaded “sophomore jinx.”

In the sixth, Judge walked, went to second on a WP and scored on a single off the Green Monster by Greg Bird. Boy, does Bird need that.

Severino went 7 scoreless innings, and Betances dominated the 8th.

Then Girardi pissed me off.

I absolutely HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE, HATE (have I said it enough?) when a manager takes out a setup guy who just kicked butt just so they can bring in a closer just because he is the closer.

For after Betances dominated the eighth, Chapman almost blew the game in the ninth.

If a guy is doing well, why are you making a change just for the sake of making a change?

Leave the guy doing well in the game for crying out loud? Is that such a difficult concept?

More managers blow games by doing this, and SHOULD BE FIRED FOR DOING SO, than win games.

Severino (W, 2-1, 3.00) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 walks, 6 K.
Betances (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.29
Chapman (S, 5) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1.23.

Next time Joe, save Chapman for another day. If Betances is kicking ass, leave him the hell in there.

Oh yeah, nice to see the Yanks play Boston w/out that big guy on Boston beating us up.

Minor League Report. Didi HR’s in rehab.

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AAA: SWB (8-9) lost 6-2. They made 4 errors.

LF Clint Frazier, RF Mason Williams, and 3B Donovan Solano had 2 hits each, as did C Eddy Rodriguez (who made 2 of the errors). 1B Ji-Man Choi had a solo HR but he had one of the errors. It wasted a good outing by Caleb Smith.

Smith 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.20
Heller (L, 0-3, 8.53) 1 IP, 5 R, 4 earned, 3 H, 2 walks, 2 K.
Jones 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.15.
Gurka 1 IP, 1 R, unearned, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 7.36.

My friend Josh wanted Heller over Holder for the opening day roster. Sorry, Josh, but you can see what Heller is doing.

AA: Trenton PPD.

High A:  Didi Gregorius homered in his rehab game for Tampa (8-11) but that was Tampa’s only run in a 5-1 loss.  Didi was 2 for 3. Keep an eye on Albert Abreu, just promoted here from Low A Charleston. 2B Nick Solak 2 hits.

Abreu  7 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 4 K. 1.29 at this level.
Harris (L, 1-2, 4.66) 1 1/3, 4 R, 6 H, 2 w, 0 K.
Pena 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 1 K. 4.26

Low A: 3-1 win for Charleston (11-9). 2B Hoy Jun Park, solo HR. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits.

Freicer Perez 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 5 W, 3 K. 5.79
Lane (w, 4-0,  0.00) 3 1/3 IP 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Mundell (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 1 K. 0.90